Stretched or torn ear lobes are a common problem for both women and men who have had their ears pierced or sustained an injury. Ear lobe repair surgery is a simple procedure that corrects this problem, restoring intact, functioning ear lobes. After healing from this procedure, you can have your ear lobes pierced again if you choose.
Dr. Reo Pugao of Martin Plastic Surgery in Las Cruces, New Mexico is an experienced cosmetic surgeon, offering ear lobe repair and other surgical and nonsurgical facial cosmetic procedures to men and women in Southern New Mexico and beyond.
If you are bothered by the appearance of split or torn ear lobes and want to learn more about ear lobe repair surgery or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pugao, please contact us online or call our office at 575-521-7111.
Am I a Good Candidate?
The best candidates for ear lobe repair will have some level of splitting or tearing of the ear lobe that they would like to correct. They should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for their results and recovery.
If you also have concerns about the appearance or size of your outer ears, ear lobe surgery can be combined with otoplasty in order to achieve more comprehensive results. Dr. Pugao will help you decide if ear lobe surgery and/or otoplasty could be an appropriate solution for your specific needs.
Ear Lobe Repair FAQs
How much does ear lobe repair cost?
On average, ear lobe repair starts around $400 per ear. But this number can vary based on your location and how involved the split or tear is to repair.
At Martin Plastic Surgery, financing and payment options are available to help make your procedure as affordable as possible. Don’t hesitate to discuss these options at your consultation if cost is a deciding factor.
Is ear lobe repair covered by insurance?
Ear lobe repair is usually not covered by insurance, as it is considered a purely cosmetic procedure. However, in some rare cases where there may be a medical or functional need to get ear lobe repair surgery, your insurance provider may cover all or part of the cost.
How do I choose a cosmetic surgeon for ear lobe repair near me?
Choose a cosmetic surgeon for your ear lobe repair based on experience, reputation and medical training. Then schedule a consultation or two to help you narrow your search and choose the best fit for you.
Dr. Pugao focuses on facial cosmetic surgeries like ear lobe repair and has extensive experience in this area.
Is ear lobe repair the best solution for me?
If you are bothered by the appearance of a split, torn or stretched ear lobe, ear lobe repair could be an appropriate solution for you. Dr. Pugao will perform a physical evaluation to ensure that you are healthy enough for a surgical procedure.
Can a split ear lobe repair itself?
No, most split ear lobes will not repair on their own. Once damage has occurred, scar tissue will form on either side of the split, which may cause more splitting to happen down the road unless ear lobe repair is performed.
Does ear lobe repair surgery hurt?
Ear lobe repair is performed under local anesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure. Because ear lobe repair is typically very minor, most people experience minimal discomfort afterward.
How long does ear lobe repair take?
Ear lobe repair usually only takes around 15 to 20 minutes per ear and is performed on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia.
How long does it take ear lobe repair to heal?
Expect a few days of minor discomfort, swelling and bruising after ear lobe repair. Most people are able to return to work within a day or so after their procedure, and over-the-counter pain medication — if any — is usually enough to get manage of any discomfort.
If you are planning on re-piercing your ears after ear lobe surgery, you will need to wait until the tissue has fully healed. This can take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks, although you will be able to resume your normal activities much sooner than this.